Hard-freeze warning for Friday morning

Published: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 3:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 3:55 p.m.

A hard-freeze warning will be in effect for the Alachua and Marion county area Friday morning, the National Weather Service in Jacksonville reported.

Temperatures again are expected to drop after sunset and fall below freezing shortly after midnight, the weather agency reported. Widespread frost also is predicted. The advisory was upgraded from a freeze warning.

A hard-freeze warning means that temperatures less than 27 degrees are expected for at least two hours.

The western half of both Alachua and Marion counties are the most likely to see the colder temperatures, said meteorologist Jason Deese. Those areas could see lighter winds and are closer to the high pressure center of the cold, factors that will produce colder temperatures, he said.

Deese said overnight should be the last of the freezes for the week.

Temperatures should be in the 30s Saturday morning but arenít expected to hit freezing. High temperatures Saturday through Monday are forecast in the 70s with lows from the upper 30s to the mid 40s.

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